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HSR&D Investigator Earns NIH Director’s Innovation Award

October 5, 2021

John Blosnich, PhD, MPH<

John Blosnich, PhD, MPH

A research health scientist with HSR&D’s Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, John Blosnich, PhD, MPH, received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award from the NIH Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. The award, of $1.5 million disbursed in the first year of the 5-year project period, “supports exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects in the biomedical, behavioral or social sciences within the NIH mission.” The specific goal of Dr. Blosnich’s proposal is to shift the paradigm of suicide prevention research by prioritizing social determinants through broad, but strategic partnerships with industries outside of mental healthcare.

Dr. Blosnich's primary area of expertise is disparities in suicide risk and prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, with a specific emphasis on social determinants of health. A recent HSR&D Career Development Awardee (CDA), Dr. Blosnich was the first to study transgender health outcomes and care nationally across VA. Listen to Dr. Blosnich and Ann Montgomery, PhD, MSW, discuss their research in the HSR&D podcast series Investigator Insights, “Understanding LGBTQ Veterans’ Risk for Homelessness.”

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